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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
May/June 2009, Volume 17, Number 3 

Real Warriors Campaign Helps Service Members Combat Stigma

SAMHSA is partnering with the Department of Defense’s Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) on its Real Warriors Campaign, launched May 21.

Real Warriors focuses on combating the stigma associated with seeking care and treatment for psychological health concerns.

brochure from Real Warriors Campaign - click to view the Real Warriors Web site

With the campaign theme, “Real Warriors. Real Battles. Real Strength,” the Web site features resources on psychological health issues, as well as video interviews with service members, their families, and others dealing with psychological health or traumatic brain injury issues.

Every page of the site lists the Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-TALK, press 1 for veterans), which is a partnership between SAMHSA and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Find out more about the Real Warriors Campaign.

Previously in SAMHSA News

Returning Veterans and Behavioral Health

Employment for America’s Heroes

Treating War’s Signature Injury

Women in the Military




President’s Budget

President’s Budget

FY2010 Budget sustains critical programs.


  Treatment Improvement  
   Protocols  
Addressing Suicidal Thoughts & Behaviors

Addressing Suicidal Thoughts & Behaviors

From CSAT, TIP 50 offers guidance to substance abuse counselors on how to help clients who may be in crisis.


  Medication-Assisted Treatment  
Buprenorphine: Guide for Nurses

Buprenorphine: Guide for Nurses

Specific guidance for nurses and nurse care managers.

Methadone Safety

Methadone Safety

Safe use of methadone, a medication for opioid addiction, is the focus of a new campaign.


  Data on Depression  
MDE and Youth

MDE and Youth

In 2007, 2 million adolescents had a major depressive episode.

MDE and Adults

More than 16 million adults struggle with depression.


  Focus on Children  
Mental Health Awareness Day

Mental Health Awareness Day

Eight young people take center stage in a celebration of the arts as a way to cope with mental health problems. Photo Gallery.

Data on Children, Parents, Drugs

More than 8.3 million children lived with a parent who was dependent on or abused alcohol or drugs during the past year.


  Women’s Behavioral Health  
Mental Health Publications

Mental Health Publications

“Action Steps” for professionals and “What It Means To You” for consumers are available to order.

Pregnancy & Substance Abuse

Pregnancy & Substance Abuse

How much are alcohol and drugs used during pregnancy and after childbirth?


  Recovery Month  
20th Anniversary Includes TV Spots, PSAs

20th Anniversary Includes TV Spots, PSAs

With a few months to go, the Recovery Month Web site offers flyers, banners, and more.


  Also in this Issue  
PRISM Awards

PRISM Awards

Celebrating excellence in Hollywood. Photo Gallery.

ADDERALL® & College Students

ADDERALL® & College Students

Full-time college students are twice as likely to use Adderall® nonmedically.

Real Warriors Campaign

Real Warriors Campaign

Helping service members break through stigma to ask for help.



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